Obituaries

John Luzadder

John Luzadder, 63, died Feb. 9, 2014, at home. A celebration of life and memorial service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge, 215. W. Jenny Way. Please bring musical instruments for a jam session. A full obituary will follow.

Gregory Christen

Gregory Christen, 64, died in the early morning of Jan. 25, 2014, at his stepson’s home in Anchorage. Survived by his wife, Sandy Christen; daughter Janna Christen; and stepsons Will and Rory Stark, Greg passed away peacefully in his sleep due to complications with heart failure after a lengthy battle with cancer. In his last few days Greg was surrounded by his wife and children who watched over him and made him as comfortable as possible. 

Peter E. Larson

Peter Ellsworth Larson, 73, of Homer, Alaska died surrounded by his family on Jan. 20, 2014. Born to Pearl and Arnold Larson in Sioux Falls, S.D., Feb. 10, 1940, he grew up and graduated from high school in Mandan, N.D., in 1958. Peter attended college and received a bachelor of science in education from Dickinson State University in 1963 and taught mathematics one year in Mandan High School. Subsequently he served six years in the U.S. Air Force as navigator/electronic warfare officer on the B-52 Stratofortress.

Jo A. Felch

Jo A. Felch, 79, died Jan. 17, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital. Jo was born in Helena, Mont., on March 5, 1934.

She attended school first in Helena, Mont., and finished in Oakland, Calif.,where she graduated from Freemont High School in 1952.

Jo started her family in Oakland, and when she relocated to Tri-Cities, Wash., she brought three children with her. While in Tri-Cities she gave birth to two more children.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Mohn

Anchor Point resident, Mr. Charles “Chuck” Mohn, 62, died after a long term illness on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home in Anchor Point with his wife by his side.

Memorial services to honor Chuck will be held at a later date.

He was born Oct. 12, 1951, in Onawa, Iowa. He came to Alaska with his parents Harold and Joan Mohn in 1957.

He retired from the state of Alaska, moved to Oregon and then back to Alaska out to Adak, where he and Kathy ran several businesses and he was the mayor of Adak for a short time. 

Ann Marie Anderson

Ann Marie Anderson, 67, died Jan. 19, 2014, at Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, following a long illness.

Services were held at noon Jan. 26, 2014, at the Seldovia Bible Church with Pastor Jonathan Hoard officiating. A potluck followed the service.

Ann Marie Anderson

Ann Marie Anderson, 67, died Jan. 19, 2014, at Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, following a long illness.

Services were held at noon Jan. 26, 2014, at the Seldovia Bible Church with Pastor Jonathan Hoard officiating. A potluck followed the service.

Gavin Arthur Priest

Former Homer resident Gavin Arthur Priest, 51, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Valdez after a long battle with cancer. His final hours were spent surrounded by his family and friends who played and sang his favorite worship songs. 

Betty C. Oliver

Longtime Alaska and Ninilchik resident Betty Colleen Oliver, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road near Homer. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Ninilchik River Life Church.

Dan E. Clyburn

Dan E. Clyburn, 76, died Jan. 13, 2014, in Homer. A celebration of life is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Homer.

Frank J. Libal

Longtime Homer resident, Frank Joseph Libal, 70, died peacefully on Jan. 3, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born to the late Joseph and Vernette Libal of Two Harbors, Minn., on Jan. 15, 1943. He attended Two Harbors area schools, including Two Harbors High School, where he graduated in 1961. 

Charles D. Smith

Former Homer resident Charles “Chuck” David Smith, 50, died Dec. 5, 2013, in the Lower 48 states. “He passed away, leaving us too soon, and into our Heavenly Father’s arms,” his family said. He was born July 30, 1963.

A local celebration of life and potluck is at 4 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014, at Kharacters. Join his friends in sharing memories and stories. A celebration of life also will be held in Sun City, Ariz.

Colleen Madonna Flood

Colleen Madonna Flood, 50, died Jan. 13, 2014, peacefully in her sleep. She was surrounded by her family and people that loved her dearly. 

Colleen grew up in Hamburg N.Y., but lived most of her adult life in Soldotna, Kenai and Homer. She was a published writer, and had written many books. She had a degree in education, but her greatest accomplishment was her son, whom she loved with all her heart. 

Steven Wolfe

Steven Wolfe, 64, died Jan. 5, 2014, in Homer of Guillain-Barre’s syndrome. Services were held Jan. 9, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Vincent Hapeman

Ninilchik resident Mr. Vincent Hapeman, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at his home in Ninilchik. 

No services will be held. 

Vincent was born Jan. 30, 1944, to Roy R. and Mary M. Monin Hapeman in Lancaster, N.Y.

John D. Kosch

John Daniel Kosch, 72, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Bullhead City, Ariz., after a short illness. He was born April 10, 1941, in Salem, Ohio, to John and Anna (Kucha) Kosch.

John lived in Bullhead City for more than three years and had lived in Homer for 40 years. He moved his family from Ohio to Alaska in 1972. John worked at many jobs; he crewed on a commercial fishing boat, managed the Homer Spit Campground, owned and operated a bed and breakfast, owned an ice cream shop, operated K’s Concrete and worked as a Realtor.

Kim Levad

Kim Levad née Emmal, 51, born Jan. 21, 1962, in San Francisco, Calif., died in her home from breast cancer on Jan. 1, 2014. She died as she lived, surrounded by her loving and extensive family who never left her side during her short, courageous battle. 

Kim is survived by her father, Donald Emmal; sisters; Samantha, Tracy, Jennifer, Stephanie, Melissa, and Susan; two brothers, Bryan and Pat; her husband of 27 years, Scott; and her three children, Nathan, Tyler and Andrew. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sondra Emmal. 

John L. Birgel

John L. Birgel died Jan. 1, 2014, at Alaska Regional Hospital, at the age of 59. He was born in Ohio on Jan. 8, 1954. John resided in Homer with his wife Patricia and stepdaughter Kayla Frances.  

A celebration of life service was  held on his birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. by his church family at the Christian Community Church in Homer at 3838 Bartlett Street. It was officiated by Tim Steiner. 

Andrea Bernice Moore Delkettie

Andrea Moore Delkettie, 46, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Anchorage.

Andrea was a life long Alaskan, living her early years in Homer with her family who are commercial fishermen.  At a young age she spent her summers on the family fishing boats in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay and False Pass. She was a graduate of Homer High School.

The family requests that those who loved Andrea join them in a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Homer.

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